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Researcher: Discovery could end energy crisis
Tifton (GA) Gazette ^ | 3/15/2008 | Jana Cone

Posted on 03/20/2008 3:35:26 AM PDT by Neville72

A Tifton agricultural researcher says he has found the solution to the world’s energy crisis through genetic modification and cloning of bacterial organisms that can convert bio-mass into hydrocarbons on a grand scale. The local researcher believes his groundbreaking discovery could result in the production of 500 to 1,000 barrels of hydrocarbon fuel per day from the initial production facility. The hydrocarbon fuel — commonly known as oil or fossil fuel when drilled — will require no modification to automobiles, oil pipelines or refineries as they exist today and could forever end the United States’ dependence on foreign oil, he said.

J.C. Bell, who brought the world powdered peanut butter, has spent the last four years, identifying the bacteria that produces hydrocarbon and then finding a way to genetically alter it so that it could produce hydrocarbon in greater volume.

Bell cited a USDA study that projected it was possible to produce two billion tons of bio-mass that could be converted to hydrocarbon with some modification to agriculture and forestry practices.

Pamela Serino, Chief of the Department of Defense Energy Support Center at Fort Belvoir, Va., said she was very excited about Bell’s technology. “The DOD Energy Support Center is the energy purchasing arm of the defense logistics agency,” Serino said. She said she became acquainted with Bell when he met with a senator about his hydrocarbon research. “We give support to the Hill,” she said. “When he was briefing the senator, we were there to see if his technology was viable.” Serino said her job was to question the science behind the technology. “It looks good to me,” she said.

Serino said she envisions a near future where “we have multiple regional energy sources.” She said the growth in China and India makes the work in bio-energy more critical.

Now that his discoveries have been patented, his corporation formed — Bell Bio-Energy, Inc. — and his government communications established, Bell announced his discoveries to the local press on Friday morning.

“I have received a tremendous amount of support from the state and federal government,” Bell said. “I could not have gotten this far without the help of (U.S. Sen.) Saxby Chambliss, (U.S. Sen.) Johnny Isakson, (Rep.) Jim Marshall, (Rep.) Jack Kingston and Floyd Gabler, the deputy undersecretary of the USDA.” He said, “They have opened doors for me at the Department of Defense and the EPA and EPD.”

Bell said he never considered ethanol for his research. “He who burns his food goes hungry,” Bell said. “That’s an old Chinese proverb.” Instead he concentrated on bio-mass and hydrocarbons. “If it grows it’s bio-mass,” Bell said. Bio-mass is any living or recently dead biological material. Hydrocarbon is an organic compound consisting entirely of hydrogen and carbon. Decomposed organic matter provides an abundance of carbon and hydrogen and is naturally occurring in crude oil.

Sources for bio-mass to be converted to hydrocarbon fuel are the forestry industry, pulp plants, agriculture and waste derived from the construction and demolition industry.

“This is the ultimate recycling,” Bell said. “Environmentalists should rejoice. We are only using waste products.” Bell said his company would take all of the waste of the plants: The tree limbs and tree tops, husks and cob of the corn, wheat stubble and corn stover.

Bell said that with ethanol, “The United Stated would have to totally rebuild our infrastructure.” He said, “We wanted to make hydrocarbon that could immediately be pumped.”

Bell said the original idea came from observing cows expel gas. “That is natural gas,” Bell said. “Cows release methane gas.” He said the gas is created by bacteria in the cow’s rumen or stomach. “These bacterial organisms are responsible for biological conversion of bio-mass into hydrocarbons,” he said.

With his research complete, Bell is in the process of building his pilot plants and production facilities. At the pilot plants, the bio-mass will be tested to select bacterial strains, bacterial genetic modification will be tested, revision of production protocols will be established, and a determination will be made of the best method of bio-mass conversion.

“We are exploring several locations for our pilot plants and production facilities,” Bell said. “We have the opportunity to put our plants in several locations.”

He estimated the budget for the research facility to be at $60 million annually and the production facilities at $250 to $300 million a year. He anticipates being in full scale production by October 1, 2009.

“Wherever this is located, the community will reap tremendous economic benefit,” he said.

Bell cites a number of benefits of bio-mass conversion: The energy shortage issue can be effectively addressed, it is a totally renewable energy source, it calms global warming fears, utilizes industrial waste and supports the agriculture industry.

“We can reduce the waste stream by 70 percent,” he said.

For more information e-mail questions to

To contact reporter Jana Cone, call 382-4321, ext. 208.

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To: Neville72
...bacterial organisms that can convert bio-mass into hydrocarbons...

One downside is that they eat you too.

21 posted on 03/20/2008 4:41:03 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Neville72

I believe there is already a similar plant in operation. I saw a TV show about it. It converts primarily turkey waste. The article didn’t discuss the economics of this plant so it’s hard to say whether or not it’s cost effective. The fact that he sites nothing but govt officials and agencies raises the BS flag for me.

22 posted on 03/20/2008 4:43:16 AM PDT by saganite
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To: Neville72

Give this guy a raise!

23 posted on 03/20/2008 4:44:46 AM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: Rennes Templar

“What happens to the residue?”


24 posted on 03/20/2008 4:46:31 AM PDT by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: decimon; All

“One downside is that they eat you too.”

Thinking the same.

I saw this B-rated Sci-Fi movie about a company making tiny nano-robots to eat oil spills. They escaped and started eating the world.

25 posted on 03/20/2008 4:49:12 AM PDT by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: Rennes Templar
What happens to the residue?

Soylent brown.

26 posted on 03/20/2008 4:54:37 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Vaclav Klaus on global warming skeptics: "a whip of political correctness strangles their voice")
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To: Hacklehead
After a few technical questions Mr Bell fled the field.

27 posted on 03/20/2008 4:54:41 AM PDT by johnny7
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To: Neville72

Sounds promising....

28 posted on 03/20/2008 4:57:11 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Hacklehead
I think Mr. Bell's bacteria farm is located in a tunnel next to his perpetual motion machine.
29 posted on 03/20/2008 5:00:29 AM PDT by BRL
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To: Anticommie

Does your toyota burn rice or gasoline?

30 posted on 03/20/2008 5:00:46 AM PDT by omega4179 (Boycott Olympics of tyrrany!)
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To: Neville72

Sounds good, but won’t the hateful politicians block any idea that would lessen their power and monies grab? And since the majority of Americans believe the lying politicians and continue to elect liars and thieves, why would they do the right thing if they can get away with doing the wrong things all the time.

31 posted on 03/20/2008 5:02:37 AM PDT by kindred (He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.)
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To: Brilliant

32 posted on 03/20/2008 5:02:54 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: roaddog727; Uncledave; sully777; vigl; Cagey; Abathar; A. Patriot; B Knotts; getsoutalive; ...
Rest In Peace, old friend, your work is finished.....

If you want ON or OFF the DIESEL ”KnOcK” LIST just FReepmail me.....

This is a fairly HIGH VOLUME ping list on some days.....

33 posted on 03/20/2008 5:03:05 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Anticommie

I don’t know who is more paranoid about “big oil”....the folks and DU and KOS or in this thread, lol.

34 posted on 03/20/2008 5:03:34 AM PDT by RedOhioan
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To: doodad


35 posted on 03/20/2008 5:08:51 AM PDT by deuteronlmy232 (I do not have a political correct bone in my body. Thank God!)
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To: N. Theknow

Gee, Haw, Whoa, Back.

You realize, of course, that only a select minority here understand the meaning of "gee" and "haw."

36 posted on 03/20/2008 5:11:32 AM PDT by Texas Mulerider
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To: saganite

Here’s the company that does that:

37 posted on 03/20/2008 5:15:40 AM PDT by Normandy
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To: BubbaJunebug
You need to adjust your tin-hat, halfwit. Why don't you carry your but over to your like-minded friends on DU.
Shell Tries to Turn Algae into Fuel

Last week, the oil company Royal Dutch Shell announced plans to build an algae biodiesel plant in Hawaii. The project will progress in stages: first, the company will build a small research plant, with hopes to build a full-scale commercial plant within two years. Algae is an incredibly tantalizing yet frustrating potential fuel source, as PopSci's Elizabeth Svoboda found out earlier this year when writing the tale of an algae biodiesel startup in Colorado. The microbes can create enormous amounts of oil from very little in the way of nutrients and land, but extracting the oil and converting it to biodiesel remains extremely difficult.

Shell is partnering with Hawaii-based HR Biopetroleum on their project, and hopes to produce 8.5 million barrels of biodiesel a year at the commercial plant.—Michael Moyer

You probably still believe in those "magic" carburetors and perpetual motion machines as well.

BWAAHAAHAAHAAHAA! Go take your meds. Let those with rational minds take care of the heavy lifting. "Big Oil" companies have invested $Billions in alternative sources.
38 posted on 03/20/2008 5:17:43 AM PDT by Sudetenland (I (heart) "Big Oil!")
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To: BubbaJunebug
Are you kidding? A source like this would secure petroleum type hydrocarbons as our fuel. The collection, processing, storage, distribution and retail sales are already in place with companies like ExxonMobil. Today, ExxonMobil buys more oil than they produce themselves and they have to buy it from countries that allow greater production than we do here in the US.

This would secure their business and knock down alternative fuels.

39 posted on 03/20/2008 5:18:36 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Anticommie

GM, Ford and Chrysler will go bankrupt soon anyway.

No they will adapt to change. If their car public demands it. So long as they don’t run to the closest rice burning farm and buy Toyota’s and make the economy stronger for them instead of us.

40 posted on 03/20/2008 5:21:44 AM PDT by Wavrnr10 (Eagles soar but weasels don't get sucked in jet engines)
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